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Help me choose which camera!

Mclovin Avatar
7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
HELP!

which is the better choice?
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/0561611/Trail/searchtext%3ED40.htm

or
http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500001501&langId=-1&productId=1500352337

i wanna do some amateur macro photography. The d40 comes with 2 lenses - is the extra one any good for macro?
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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The D60. More pixels, faster burst-mode, faster shot speed, and iirc, the D40 has some rubbishy thing about not doing autofocus that the D60 doesn't suffer from. It's worth googling that point, though.

In any case, for macro photography, while a better camera is good, what you really need is a lens that can focus on objects only a couple of cm away. I doubt either of those two kit lenses will be able to do tht, so you'll either need a screw-on macro filter (about £10 upwards), or a new lens, which could cost over a hundred squiddies.
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#4
dxx
The D60. More pixels, faster burst-mode, faster shot speed, and iirc, the D40 has some rubbishy thing about not doing autofocus that the D60 doesn't suffer from. It's worth googling that point, though.

In any case, for macro photography, while a better camera is good, what you really need is a lens that can focus on objects only a couple of cm away. I doubt either of those two kit lenses will be able to do tht, so you'll either need a screw-on macro filter (about £10 upwards), or a new lens, which could cost over a hundred squiddies.




ahh thanks for reply. Im pretty sure both d40 and d60 cant auto focus with motor lense thingymajigs. But you've sold me on the d60 :D do u know of any cheappp macro lenses?
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jamespir
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#6
Yeah neither lens are suited for macro really. You can get very good macro results on the cheap by getting a m42 adapter and old manual-focus lenses and extension tubes - but you will lose the ability to autofocus. Kit lenses are never that good so if macro is really your thing consider buying a second-hand macro lens or spending less on camera and getting a new macro lens.
#7
jah128
Yeah neither lens are suited for macro really. You can get very good macro results on the cheap by getting a m42 adapter and old manual-focus lenses and extension tubes - but you will lose the ability to autofocus. Kit lenses are never that good so if macro is really your thing consider buying a second-hand macro lens or spending less on camera and getting a new macro lens.


yeah thats the thing... we have so many old m42 lenses... will they work with nikon d60? obviously id need an adaptor
and is auto focus really that important for macro?
#8
Mclovin
ahh thanks for reply. Im pretty sure both d40 and d60 cant auto focus with motor lense thingymajigs. But you've sold me on the d60 :D do u know of any cheappp macro lenses?


Thingymajigs? Man. I haven't heard or used that word in aaages. Gonna have to find a way to work it into coversation now.

Cheap macro lenses for the Nikon range, I can't help you. I'm a Canon man meself. For cheapness though, I do recommend ebay item 370216209857 . You get them in various different thread fittings, although the ones there fit 58mm thread, which I think is the size your Nikon's stock lens will take. The quality isn't fnatastic with these add-on lenses, but it can be pretty good. I've totally lost my pack, but if I still had them I'd show you, and I reckon you'd be impressed. You can get obscenely close-up with them. One of my best efforts was when I photographed the mould on a rank strawberry so close up that you could clearly see the individual mushroom heads on each hair of mould.
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Mclovin;5568093
yeah thats the thing... we have so many old m42 lenses... will they work with nikon d60? obviously id need an adaptor
and is auto focus really that important for macro?


IIRC Nikon's don't work perfectly with an m42 adapter - I don't think they can focus to infinity - but generally that shouldn't be a problem with macro photography, and you can get all sorts of m42 tubes, bellows, autoconverters of ebay and second hand shops for next to nothing. Various China/HK shops on ebay sell converters (some are just metal, some have a lens element to correct infinity focussing but at the expense of IQ).

Close-up adapters to fit on the lens as suggested above are probably the cheapest may to start out though - and a dedicated AF macro lens (with 1:1 or better magnification) will set you back upwards of £250 new for a third party model and quite a bit more for Nikon.
#10
dxx
Thingymajigs? Man. I haven't heard or used that word in aaages. Gonna have to find a way to work it into coversation now.

Cheap macro lenses for the Nikon range, I can't help you. I'm a Canon man meself. For cheapness though, I do recommend ebay item 370216209857 . You get them in various different thread fittings, although the ones there fit 58mm thread, which I think is the size your Nikon's stock lens will take. The quality isn't fnatastic with these add-on lenses, but it can be pretty good. I've totally lost my pack, but if I still had them I'd show you, and I reckon you'd be impressed. You can get obscenely close-up with them. One of my best efforts was when I photographed the mould on a rank strawberry so close up that you could clearly see the individual mushroom heads on each hair of mould.



lmao nice. Well i really want to take photo of water droplets. But reading some guides - im thinking i may not need to have a macro lens and it is infact possible with the stock lens! Ill give it a good old try!

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